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Maggie: A Girl of the Streets: And Other Tales of New York (Penguin Classics)by Stephen Crane
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With its unflinching portrayal of the squalor and brutality of turn-of-the-century New York, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets produced a scandal when it was first published in 1893. Crane's novel chronicles the life of Maggie Johnson, the daughter of a cruel father and drunken mother, who finds work in a collar factor and is seduced by her brother's menacing friend, Pete. Disowned by her mother, Maggie becomes a prostitute and, ultimately, a victim of despair. But more than the tale of a young woman's tragic fall, the novel is also a powerful exploration of the destructive forces that underlie urban society and human nature.<P>This volume also includes "George's Mother" and eleven other tales and sketches of New York written between 1892 and 1896. Together in their poised realism these tales confirm Crane's place as the first modern American writer.
Ignored and abused by her family, Maggie's head is turned by a hustler who promises to protect her, but only hastens her downfall. Her tragic flaw is her inability to see the world the way it really is. This volume also includes "George's Mother" and 11 other tales and sketches.
"A powerful, severe, and harshly comic portrayal of Irish immigrant life in lower New York exactly a century ago."—Alfred Kazin. Maggie, a powerful exploration of the destructive forces that underlie urban society and human nature, produced a scandal when it was first published in 1893. This volume includes "George's Mother" and eleven other tales and sketches of New York written between 1892 and 1896.
About the Author
Stephen Crane (1871–1900) was active as a reporter around the world in addition to being an acclaimed novelist.
Larzer Ziff is a research professor of English at Johns Hopkins University who has written extensively on American literary culture.
Table of Contents
Edited and with an Introduction by Larzer Ziff with the Assistance of Theo Davis
Introduction: Stephen Crane's New York by Larzer Ziff
Suggestions for Further Reading
Note on the Texts
Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (A Story of New York) (1893)
George's Mother (1896)
Tales of New York
The Broken-Down Van (1892)
An Ominous Baby (1893, 1894)
A Great Mistake (1893, 1896)
A Dark-Brown Dog (1893, 1901)
An Experiment in Misery (1894)
An Experiment in Luxury (1894)
Mr. Binks' Day Off (1894)
The Men in the Storm (1894)
When Man Falls, A Crowd Gathers (1894)
An Eloquence of Grief (1896, 1898)
Adventures of a Novelist (1896)
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